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Henry S. McNeil Professor of History, Yale University

Metro Fellow - Class of Fall 2010

Laura Engelstein, a leading American historian of modern Russia and Europe, has focused on the social and cultural history of late-imperial Russia, with attention to the role of law, medicine, and the arts in public life. Her work has also explored themes in the history of gender, sexuality, and religion. Her most recent books are Slavophile Empire: Imperial Russia’s Illiberal Path (Cornell, 2009), Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom: A Russian Folktale (Cornell, 1999), and The Keys to Happiness: Sex and the Search for Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle Russia (Cornell, 1992). She was also the co-editor with Stephanie Sandler of Self and the Story in Russian History (Cornell, 2000). Her awards include fellowships from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, National Humanities Center, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. As